Nielsen will represent his native Denmark at the 2018 World Championship, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Denmark will be the host country for the international tournament, so Nielsen should get a lot of exposure when the competition opens in May. The special teams specialist has four years left on his contract with the Red Wings with an average annual value of $5.25 million and a modified no-trade clause included as well.
Nielsen's final output for the 2017-18 campaign consists of 16 goals and 17 assists through 79 games. Nielsen holds the NHL's all-time shootout record with 48 goals, so it's a shame that the skills competition results don't count in most fantasy leagues when it comes to the skaters' efforts. The Danish centerman did have two goals and one assist shorthanded to complement seven power-play points, but Nielsen only averaged 15:50 of ice time and was wildly inconsistent on a game-to-game basis. Signed through the 2021-22 campaign and banking $5.25 million annually, Nielsen remains an important role player, but his fantasy prospects are near an all-time low.
Nielsen picked up two helpers in a 6-3 win over the Sabres on Thursday. This is Nielsen's first multi-point game in 21 outings, and he now has 33 points in 75 games. If that total seems low, your assumption is correct. The Dane seems destined to fail to cross the 40-point mark in a full season for the first time since 2009-10, while his minutes and power-play ice time are down considerably as well.
Nielsen converted a power-play chance in Tuesday's 5-2 home win over the Penguins. Rookie Martin Frk faked a point shot and sent the puck Nielsen's way for a nice snap shot from the left circle. Fantasy owners haven't been able to do much with the Dane's output of 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) through 74 games, but Nielsen has been quite durable throughout his career with a penchant for mixing it up in some of the ancillary categories, including but not limited to shootout and shorthanded goals.
Nielsen was the lone shootout scorer in Tuesday's 5-4 home win over the Flyers. Detroit's third-line center thrives in the skills competition. He put the puck past rookie Alex Lyon for his 22nd career shootout goal, which is the most of any player in NHL history. While Nielsen stretched his pointless streak to three games by failing to record a goal or assist through 16:47 of ice time (when it mattered most to fantasy owners), he still helped the Wings put an end to a 10-game losing skid to bolster his reputation as a clutch performer.
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